List of abbreviations viii
1 Eagleton and the Catholic Left 9
2 From Williams to Althusser: Eagleton’s Early Literary Criticism 32
3 The Critic as Azdak: Eagleton in the 1980s 59
4 The Ideology of the Postmodern 93
5 Nationalism, Socialism, and Ireland 117
6 The Full Circle? 140
Literature and Theology
"As a differentiating and circumspect writer who pays as much attention to his subject as to the larger context, Smith renders a nuanced account of Eagleton?s involved intellectual struggles."
Consciousness, Literature and the Arts
"Gives a comprehensive and lucid analysis of Eagleton's oevre and pays due attention to his early writings on the Catholic Left."
The Guardian readers' recommendations
"Smith offers a lucid account of Eagleton's work."
Times Literary Supplement
"This is the first full treatment of Terry Eagleton's work. And, since Eagleton has written three careers' worth of work, the book is remarkable for its effortless coverage. It's also remarkable for digging up Eagleton's early work on religion. If you want to find out about Eagleton's work, this book will be a standard."
Jeffrey Williams, Carnegie Mellon University
"An excellent introduction to the work of Terry Eagleton, which provides a fine-grained and wide-awake appraisal of the whole curve of his remarkable career ... Smith knows Eagleton?s work inside out, possibly by now even better than Eagleton himself, but his strongly informed sympathy with it does not inhibit him from articulating some sharp criticisms as well."
Stephen Connor, Birkbeck College